The scientific method

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What makes an experiment? As you reflect, read and watch the resources below see if you can formulate your own answer to this question.

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Portfolio Activity

Scientist or psychologist?

Consider the differences between scientists and psychologists and answer the following questions in your journal:

  1. Write five words that describe a "scientist"
  2. Write five words that describe a "psychologist"
  3. How similar or different are the words you associate with scientists and psychologists?

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The core text for this course is "Introduction to Psychology, First Edition" by Charles Stangor, published in 2006 by Flat World Knowledge. You can purchase this book in print on online format from Flat World Publishers.

Read the introduction and Section 2.1 of the Stangor e-textbook.

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What is an experiment?

Click on the link below to watch a lecture on the relationship between science and research delivered by Professor John Gabrieli of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As you watch, answer the following questions:

  1. Was Wundt's study of the speed with which people can choose a colour an experiment? Why, or why not?
  2. Was Titchener's use of the method of introspection an experiment? Why, or why not?

Gabrieli, John. 9.00SC Introduction to Psychology, Fall 2011. Lecture 2: Science and Research